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January Mainsheet 2018

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 1/18/2018


Greetings Kenosha Yacht Club Members!


January is shaping up to be an interesting month.  It started out with the “Great Kenosha Power Failure” on January 3rd which resulted in the rescheduling of our Member Planning Meeting.  Even with the power outage, a good number of people showed up to voice their opinions on what they would like to see happen at the KYC this year.  Impressive! The planning meeting has been rescheduled for the evening of January 24th at 7:00pm barring any local catastrophes. We will also have our regularly scheduled Member Meeting on Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00pm.  At that time, we will have a brief meeting and then a celebration of our 2018 goals complete with food, drink and fun.  Hope you can all be at both meetings.

Our next really cool activity this month was the Chicago Boat and RV Show also known as Strictly Sail held at McCormick Place.  There was a lot to be seen and a variety of workshops to attend.  And, if you had any surplus cash, lots of opportunities to spend.  A really big “thank you” to Mike Paulin who coordinated our participation and his crew of volunteers who set up, staffed and took down our KYC/KCSC booth at the show. I think we all had a really fun time and generated a number of sail boat fantasies along the way.  Oh, and maybe a few power boat fantasies too, Mike!  I heard there were a couple of members who even went for the RV’s.

This month finds us working on several important projects and celebrating the Launch of Club Express!  Thank you, Lee, for all your hard work! Other work is in process too, such as updating our By-Laws and we thank Lee Rosenbaum and Deb Strouf for working on them.   We also thank those who have agreed to work on our Long-Range Planning Committee.  Andy Cross,chair of KYC Long-Range planning, will be joined by Jack Ciesemier, Eric Routman, myself and representatives from the KCSC to tackle this important process. Finally, Deb Strouf is chairing the Galley Committee and we send her and her committee, Amy Adams, Virginia Hartley, Mike Marquardt, Eric Routman and Tom Deters a big “thank you” too. For the slowest month of the year, we are working pretty hard!

January has also been the start of what is affectionately known as “Happy Hour” at the Kenosha Yacht Club. This is a “members only” event on Friday afternoon and evenings starting at 3:00pm. We will be offering pizza and other bar food.  Thanks to Kathy and Ron Otto for heading this up and to Deb and Betty for helping out.  Come on out any Friday and have some fun with your fellow KYC Members.

And, last but not least, don’t forget that our 1st Annual Member’s Planning Meeting will be on January 24th at 7:00pm.  Come and offer options that matter to you.

Until next month, Good Winds to you, as if there is any such thing during the winter months on the Great Lakes!


Bob Rinehart
Bob Rinehart
Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC membership meeting is Wednesday January 24th, 7:00PM

  • KYC membership meeting Wednesday February 7th, 7:00PM

  • April 15: Presentation - Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes (Kenosha Public Museum)

Board Members

Commodore Robert Rinehart
Vice Commodore Ron Otto 
Rear Commodore  Deb Strouf 
Secretary  Lee Rosenbaum 
Treasurer  Jack Ciesemier 
Trustee  Andy Cross 
Trustee Tom Deters 
Trustee Dan Newman 
House Director Jim Strouf 
Past Commodore Michael Paulin


  • Sailboat Racing (John Weiss)

    All’s quiet on the KYC racing side for January.  That said, it is iceboating season.  Doug just sharpened his runners.  While most of the lakes in SE Wisconsin now have a coating of crusty snow, there is still open water near Fontana.  With the mid January thaw upon us, the next blast of cold air may create some great iceboating conditions in Fontana.  


    So, even if you don’t own an iceboat, you can still get out and enjoy the fun.  Here are a few links that you might want to peruse:


    Those preferring warmer air temps might want to check out the virtual regattas on VR Offshore -  I’m currently racing in the Volvo Ocean Race on the leg from Melbourne to Hong Kong.  I think I’m in ~ 6,000th place out of ~ 50,000 racers :)  There appear to be 3 other KYC members also racing:

    • Blindsquirrel (John Weiss)
    • Tor13
    • Wolfpack57
    • Koro

    This is a great way to work on your distance racing skills in preparation for The Hook, Mac, Queen’s Cup, etc.


    Sail fast!

  • New KYC Club Management Software (Lee Rosenbaum)
    • Lee will be providing an overview of our new website and how to use it at our January 24th membership meeting.
    • Please make sure you log-in and look around.
    • Also there is a survey available where you can provide your feedback.

  • Lake House Bar & Grill
    • CLOSED
    • A Galley Strategy & Search Committee has been formed and are working hard to find and implement a solution.  If you have anyone that is interested in submitting a proposal, please have them email:


Great Lakes Educational event – April 15, 2018 @ 1 p.m. (Sunday)

We are making progress on firming up the event.  Here is the latest information: 


Location:  Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Avenue, Kenosha, WI 

  The Kenosha Yacht Club and Kenosha Community Sailing Center are partnering with the Kenosha Public Museum to host a Great Lakes Educational Event on April 15, 2018.  Julia Robson and Alyssa Armbruster, two inspiring young women from Milwaukee, hiked 343 miles from Milwaukee to Lake Superior to promote awareness of Great Lakes issues and accomplishments.  Hear about their Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes (WSOGL), progress on the documentary, and learn about issues impacting the Great Lakes.  Joining them to talk about invasive species is Titus Seilheimer, a fisheries scientist with the Sea Grant Institute.  Join us to learn more about the WSOGL journey, the Great Lakes, and the impact and role of invasive species in the Great Lakes ecosystem, especially the fishery.  Lake Michigan is Kenosha’s #1 attraction - don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about your Lake Michigan!

Sue Hill

Strictly Sail:

KYC/KCSC had a booth at last weeks Strictly Sail show at McCormick Place.

Big Thanks to Mike Paulin and his crew of volunteers that worked the booth Jan 10 - 14!!!

Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart) 

  • Our thoughts go out to Eric Routman and Ron Otto as they each have spent time with their mothers who 
    are dealing with health issues.  We are happy to hear that both moms are doing better.
  • If you or someone you know of is in need of some Good Winds, please let me know.  We do acknowledge celebrations
    as well as difficult times in our member's lives.
Please continue to let Joyce know as you become aware of members who might need some “Good Winds.” Joyce can be reached at or 262-945-9183
Joyce Rinehart Joyce Rinehart

View from the Lantern Room

Being in the depth of winter time at the Kenosha Yacht Club seems, to me anyway, time for some nautical trivia to dwell on.  So how about we look into some seagoing trivia?  Follow me as we delve into some “stuff” you make not remember or find some new conversation pieces.


In their cars, sailors gauge their speed by miles per hour.  But underway, speed is measured in knots.  Why is that?

Knots is a seaman’s term for “nautical miles per hour,” according to the basic Navy handbook, The Bluejacket’s Manual.

One knot is equal to a nautical mile, or 6,070 feet.  A land mile is only 5,280 feet. 

“Do not show yourself to be a landlubber” and say “knots per hour” while at sea, the manual warns.  It’s a misnomer, because what you actually be saying is “nautical miles per hour.” if a ship is moving at 10 “knots per hour,” just say the ship is moving at 10 knots.

The term “knot” dates back at least to the 1500's, according to, a website dedicated to physics and astronomy education. In those days, a sailor would throw a wood log in the water that was tied to a rope and observe how quickly it moved away from the ship.  The sailor would count rope knots – tied exactly the same length apart – that would go overboard over a given time interval.  This evolved into today’s practice of measuring nautical miles.  Today, knots can also be used to measure air speed.

So you knew about knots per (nautical) miles per hour!  Ok, then.  How about the next one?


Someone who is loyal and committed could be described as faithful “to the bitter end.”  But why?

The saying has its roots in the Navy, according to the terms and trivia website for Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va.

Wooden or iron posts sticking out of a ship’s deck are called “bitts.” And when a rope is wrapped around one, it’s called a “bitter.”  When the last of the rope is secured to the bitt, it’s called “the bitter end,” the site says.

The Navy has expanded the definition of the phrase over time. Now, the phrase can mean the end of any rope, regardless of whether it is secured to a bitt, according to Naval History and Heritage Command.

The term widely used in the civilian world today means to adhere to a course of action regardless of consequences.  For example, “sticking it out to the bitter end.”

Ready for one more piece of nautical nomenclature?  Try this one on for size.


Did you ever wonder why Naval Academy students are called “midshipmen,” when students at other military academies are “cadets”?

“Midshipmen” originally referred to the youngsters aboard British navy vessels who were in training to become officers, according to the U.S. Navy publication Origin of Navy Terminology.  Their primary duties included carrying orders from the officers, quartered in the stern, to the crew, quartered in the fo’c’sle.

The repeated scampering through the middle part of the ship earned them the name “midshipmen” or “middie.”

Naval Academy and Navy ROTC students are still called “midshipmen” because just like their historical counterparts, they are in training to become officers in the sea services.

Of course, back in the days of sail, mids cold begin their naval careers at the age of 8.


Then there are the officers who got their commissions by coming up through the ranks.  They, like me, are known as “Mustangs.”

Ed Werner Ed. C. Werner


Letter from the Editor

I hope you have had a chance to check-out the new KYC website.  It is my hope that this will enhance the communication within KYC so more people can become involved.

Remember this is your site and your club, so please let me know if you have any comments, suggestions, or material you would like to add....

Sailor’s Thinking:  If I ever go missing, I would like my photo put on wine bottles instead of milk cartons. This way my friends will know to look for me.

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum